Enchiladas are a great go-to recipe to make with leftovers. If you like to make veggie stir-frys or chilis, you can use those leftovers to build a whole new meal!
Mum tip: An easy way to save time cooking dinner is to stir fry a bunch of veggies at the beginning of the week and then add them to whatever meal you’re making.
- 2 cups of leftovers. I like to use a leftover stir fry of red bell peppers, zucchini, corn and spinach
- 1 can low sodium refried beans (check that they aren’t made with a bunch of oil, a can of black beans works well too)
- Guacamole or chopped avocado (I make my own guacamole. Store-bought guacamole usually has heaps of salt)
- Whole grain tortillas
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- A pinch of spices: chili powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper (I usually add tumeric as well because it’s so good for you)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 F)
- Place a thin strip of refried beans down the centre of the tortilla
- Add in a few spoonfuls of leftover filling
- Add a pinch of chilli powder, cumin, and black pepper
- Roll tortillas and place on baking tray with the seam facing down
- Cover tortillas evenly with a can of chopped tomatoes and a sprinkling of paprika
- Bake for 25 minutes or until edges of the tortillas are crispy brown
- Add guacamole or avocado on top before serving
So here’s the skinny (pun intended I suppose): a year ago I was newly pregnant, just shy of obesity and living a “fat-tarian” lifestyle of bad vegetarian foods. A year later I’m 10 kilos heavier still and living on a diet of caffeine and sugar to get through the exhaustion of having a young baby. Looming over me is the knowledge that I know how to be healthy, but it is my last priority. I think most mums tend to make themselves the last priority. But I can’t keep on the road I’m on. I want a healthy life and a healthy family and if I don’t want my daughter to follow in my footsteps then I need to make this a priority now, before it’s her habits that need breaking too.
As I sit here feeding my four-month-old, I’m thinking about all of the diets I’ve been on, the countless pounds I’ve gained and lost and gained again, the life I want for my family… I’m reluctant to call my whole-food plant-based journey a “diet”. To me diets are quick fixes, they stop and start and always eventually end. I want to live healthy forever. Starting this food makeover is exciting and encouraging but I worry for the future. I worry about when I’m too tired to cook, when we go out to eat, and when the communal plate of sweets is passed to me at a mothers gathering. Will my conviction be there then? Because we all know starting is the easy part, it’s the sticking to it when the novelty wears off that’s the hard part.